iHeartMedia has moved the programming of Alternative “Alt 94.9” W235BS Birmingham AL to 99.1 W256CD Fultondale. The move comes following the sale of 94.9 W235BS from Red Mountain Ventures to Courtney French Broadcasting for $385,000 in July. Upon closing of the sale the translator will begin rebroadcasting Urban Oldies “V900” WATV. W256CD is also owned by Red Mountain Ventures and had been operating as Sports “99.1 The Game“. The move gives IHeart a stronger signal for the “Alt” programming as W256CD operates with 130w/349m compared to the 99w/300m signal originating southwest of the city that W235BS possesses. The Alternative format registered a 0.7 share in the Summer 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings and originates on 103.7 WQEN-HD3 Trussville an...[Read More]
Educational Media Foundation’s Christian AC “K-Love” will enter Puerto Rico for the first time as the company purchases Rock “Alfa Rock 105.7” WCAD San Juan from Broadcasting & Programming Systems of Puerto Rico for $2.9 million. Fitzgerald & Hawras Partnership and Sound Communications are entering a Coordinated Modification Agreement in which Fitzgerald & Hawras’ Oldies “Cool 96” 96.1 WPHD South Waverly PA and Sound AC “Magic 92.7” WENY-FM Elmira NY will exchange licenses but retain programming on their current frequencies. Both groups have filed modifications that would see the two stations swap frequency locations before then exchanging licenses to keep the current programming and ownership on the existing freque...[Read More]
iHeartMedia has brought Alternative back to Birmingham as “Classic Rock 94.9” W235BS/103.7 WQEN-HD3 became “Alt 94.9” at 5:00pm today. The Birmingham market hasn’t had a pure Alternative formatted station since the final incarnation of “The X” WRAX signed-off of 100.5 in November 2006. It has since been served by a couple Alternative leaning AAA’s including SummitMedia’s 107.3 W297BF which currently carries the programming of webcaster “Birmingham Mountain Radio. The Classic Rock format signed-off with the appropriate “Sweet Home Alabama” before segueing into Cage The Elephant’s “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked”.
Station Moves With its CP to sign-on set to expire at the end of the month, The Gabriel Project has applied to modify 95.9 WGPI Columbus, IN to operate with 6kW at 46 meters (Coverage Map) in order to get the station on-air in time. Great Plains Media has applied for a booster for its Country “107.7 The Bull” WIBL Fairbury, IL in Bloomington. WIBL-1 will operate with 2.65kW at 40 meters (Coverage Map). Ondas de Vida Network’s 94.7 K234BS Las Vegas has filed a displacement application to relocate to 103.1 with 50 watts at 110 meters (Coverage Map). After launching Classic Rock “Rock 94.9” W235BS Birmingham, Mark Snow has applied to increase the station’s power from 70 watts at 299 meters to 88 watts. The translator is operating rebroadcasting Clear Channe...[Read More]
Update 8/15: Clear Channel launched Classic Rock “Rock 94.9” W235BS Birmingham this afternoon. Resurrecting the format and identity previously heard on Cumulus’ 99.5 WZRR until its flip in January 2012, the launch happens to come on the same day that station drops the CHR format that replaced it. Original Report 8/11: The late Classic Rock “Rock 99” WZRR format is coming back to Birmingham. On Friday we were e-mailed a promotional video hyping the launch of “Rock 94.9” with the former WZRR airstaff in tow. The video has been making its way around social media as well. Former WZRR Program Director Jason Mack is already in the Clear Channel fold programming Active Rock “103.1 The Vulcan” W276BQ and Gospel “Hallelujah 105.1” W2...[Read More]